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Actor-rapper arrested for choking wife

Actor-rapper Jamal Woolard was recently arrested by police after he was reported for physically abusing his spouse in Georgia, an article published by Mail Online stated on June 9.

The 38-year-old actor, who rose to stardom after his on-screen portrayal of deceased rapper Notorious B.I.G., was taken into custody on June 7 after his teenage stepson contacted authorities to report that his mom was being assaulted by his dad at their Gwinnett County home. Evidence and reports stated that Woolard choked his wife using his two hands in reaction to how she spoke to their daughter. Appropriate charges including cruelty to children were filed against Woolard after his arrest.

The lawyers at Marshall & Taylor PLLC advocate for people in Raleigh who are being abused by their partners. If you are in a situation like this, our lawyers can offer you legal solutions to protect you from abusive parties. Call us today at 919-833-1040 to learn how we may assist you.

Prosecutor Determines Domestic Violence as Cause for Kinston Woman’s Death

Wake County Prosecutors have recently stated that the murder of a local Kinston woman was a crime of domestic violence.

First-degree murder charges were filed against Grant Ruffin Hayes, 33, and his wife Amanda Perry Hayes, 40. The couple is accused of killing Grant Hayes’ ex-girlfriend 27-year-old Laura Jean Ackerson. Ackerson’s body was found in a Richmond, Texas creek on July, 24, 2011. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens was told by an Assistant District Attorney that “Grant Hayes wanted to remove Ackerson from his life.”

Ackerson was the mother of Hayes’ two children.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC, believe in fighting for the rights of those who have suffered abuse or harm at the hands of a family member of spouse. Call us at 919-833-1040 to get the help you need in filing for divorce, a restraining order, or taking other legal action after domestic abuse. Ral

Shriver proceeds with divorce from Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver, 56, former first lady of California, is moving forward with her divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger after some speculation that the two would reconcile.

TMZ.com, a Hollywood gossip website, stated that Shriver was making attempts to get back together with Schwarzenegger, but the New York Daily News confirms otherwise.

On July 1, Shriver filed for divorce from Schwarzenegger after discovering that he had sired a child with the family’s housekeeper, Mildred Baena.  The truth came out when Shriver approached Baena about the resemblance of the child to Schwarzenegger.

If you are considering divorce, contact Raleigh divorce attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling 919-833-1040.

Christmas events in Raleigh this weekend

Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC is thrilled to announce a variety of holiday events happening in Raleigh this Christmas weekend…

On Thursday evening at 7:30pm, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra will perform “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.  Come listen to your favorite holiday tunes and hear the Capital City Girls Choir, along with North Carolina singers Brandi Q. Hancock and Jason McKinney perform.  For tickets and information, visit the NC Symphony website.

The Raleigh Winterfest is open throughout the weekend, including Christmas Day.  From 11am-5pm Saturday and 4-9pm Sunday, families can enjoy the ice skating rink.

For more holiday events, visit the WRAL website.

Country music singer Rodney Atkins files for divorce after accusations of domestic violence

Country music singer and musician, Rodney Atkins, filed for divorces from his wife, Tammy Jo Atkins, after allegations of domestic violence were made last month by Tammy Jo.

Court records have revealed that Tammy Jo made a 911 emergency call on Nov 21 claiming that Atkins was drunk and attempted to smother her with a pillow.  It also states that Atkins grabbed her face and threw her down the hallway while their 10 year old son, Elijah, was watching.

Atkins is finishing his tour schedule in Lowell, MA on Thursday, Buffalo, NY, on Friday, and Lewiston, ME on Saturday.

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, contact Raleigh domestic violence attorneys of Marshall & Taylor Law Firm, P.C., by calling 919-833-1040.

Charlotte woman files restraining order against husband for domestic violence

A Charlotte woman placed a domestic violence protective order against her 40-year-old husband after accusing him of threatening to kill her, hit her, and rape her in an elementary school on Monday.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 40 to 45 percent of abusive relationships include sexual assault or forced sex. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have said that the suspect tied up the woman and raped her, and this was not the first domestic disturbance that was reported by this couple.

If you or a loved one are a victim of domestic violence, experienced legal representation can help. Contact Raleigh domestic violence attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC by calling 919-833-1040 to discuss your legal options.

InterAct holds vigil for victims of domestic violence

On Tuesday evening last week, InterAct held a candlelit vigil for victims of domestic violence.  InterAct is an organization that encourages women to speak out and ask for help if they are a victim of domestic violence.

Olalah Njenga was one of the speakers at the vigil.  “At the time, I was eight months pregnant, and I was married to a violent alcoholic,” Njenga stated.

InterAct has recently lost three women from domestic violence, and in North Carolina alone, 59 people have died this year from domestic violence.

If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic violence, it can helpful for you to have representation on your side to help you through this difficult and trying time.  Call Raleigh domestic violence attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at 919-833-1040 today.

Domestic violence study shows why victims recant

A study looking at why victims of domestic violence recant says that the most common reason that victims drop charges against abusers is that the abuser appealed to the victim’s sympathy.  Most often, abusers said they were depressed or missed the victim and their children.

The study analyzed recorded conversations between 17 pairs of male abusers and female victims at a detention facility in Washington state.  All of the female victims later dropped charges against their abuser.

According to the lead author of the study, “The existing belief is that victims recant because the perpetrator threatens her with more violence.  But our results suggest something very different.  Perpetrators are not threatening the victim, but are using more sophisticated emotional appeals designed to minimize their actions and gain the sympathy of the victim.”

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, contact the Raleigh domestic violence lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at 919-833-1040 to learn more about how we can help you escape an abusive situation.